Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Esau dealing with triangulated relationships. Not only does Isaac follow in his father's footsteps, claiming Rebekah is his sister (Genesis 26), but the whole family gets caught up in this Kardashian-like drama where the mother manipulates the situation so that the favorite younger son steals the elder son's blessing (Genesis 27).

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Reading of the Day.
Genesis 25:21-34

21Isaac prayed to the Lordon behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lordanswered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23The Lordsaid to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

24When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.26After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them. 

27The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 

29Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.30He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

31Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 
32“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” 
33But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 
34Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.

Poetry for the Church
Psalm 32

1Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lorddoes not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
5Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
6Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
7You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
11Rejoice in the Lordand be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!


The Parents of Jacob and Esau

Transient

It All Begins
Genesis 25:21-34

21Isaac prayed to the Lordon behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lordanswered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

24When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.26After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them. 

27The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 

29Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.30He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

31Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 
32“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” 
33But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 
34Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.

  • Abraham Tested - Genesis 22

  • Jacob Wrestles - Genesis 32

  • Joseph and Bros - Genesis 43

  • Prodigal Son - Luke 15

Esau's Wives Bring Indigestion 
Genesis 26:32-35

32That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33He called it Shibah,and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.

34When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

Issac vs Rebecca 
Genesis 27:1-34

1When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”
“Here I am,” he answered. 

2Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death.3Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.4Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.” 

5Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back,6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lordbefore I die.’ 8Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 9Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.” 

11Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin.12What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.” 
13His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.”

14So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

18He went to his father and said, “My father.” 
“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?” 
19Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” 
20Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”
“The Lordyour God gave me success,” he replied. 
21Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.” 
22Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24“Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.
“I am,” he replied. 
25Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”
Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.” 
27So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,
“Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that the Lordhas blessed.
28May God give you heaven’s dew
and earth’s richness—
an abundance of grain and new wine.
29May nations serve you
and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.”

30After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”

32His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?” 
“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.” 
33Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!” 

34When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!”
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38Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud. 
39His father Isaac answered him,

“Your dwelling will be
away from the earth’s richness,
away from the dew of heaven above.
40You will live by the sword
and you will serve your brother.
But when you grow restless,
you will throw his yoke
from off your neck.”

41Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 

Go Directly 
Matthew 18:15-20

15 “If your brother or sistersins,go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.16But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’17If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will bebound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beloosed in heaven.

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.20For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

  • Prov 28:23
  • Lev 19:17

  • Matt 5:23-24

  • Matt 18:5

6 Tips for Christians on Talking to Non-Christians

"Wait, you're a Christian? Uh ... never mind." Sound familiar? I regularly hear from Christians that one of the biggest barriers they encounter in trying to reach out to non-Christians is that they're frequently written off. As a result, many Christians -- particularly those who identify as evangelical -- have a difficult time accessing people beyond the walls of their own community, and our communities remain insular and segregated. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-stedman/6-tips-for-christians-on-talking-to-non-christians_b_2881220.html

"Wait, you're a Christian? Uh ... never mind."
Sound familiar? I regularly hear from Christians that one of the biggest barriers they encounter in trying to reach out to non-Christians is that they're frequently written off. As a result, many Christians -- particularly those who identify as evangelical -- have a difficult time accessing people beyond the walls of their own community, and our communities remain insular and segregated.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-stedman/6-tips-for-christians-on-talking-to-non-christians_b_2881220.html

Why We Need to Start Taking the Sabbath Seriously

if the phrase "not enough hours in the day" has ever crossed your mind, well, welcome to the twenty-first century. You'll fit right in. Our lives in the modern age typically run in seven day marathons, in which there isn't quite enough time. We work as hard as we can every single day, never seeming to quite get enough done. Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/why-we-need-start-taking-sabbath-seriously

if the phrase "not enough hours in the day" has ever crossed your mind, well, welcome to the twenty-first century. You'll fit right in.

Our lives in the modern age typically run in seven day marathons, in which there isn't quite enough time. We work as hard as we can every single day, never seeming to quite get enough done.


Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/why-we-need-start-taking-sabbath-seriously


New Sermon series Questions for God

What is a question you would like to hear preached on?

Children's ministry Lockin!

Kids who have completed grades 3-6 are invited to attend a lockin on Friday night, June 13. This will not be a "stay up all night" event. We will begin on Friday night at 6:30 and conclude at 11:30 the next morning.

Vacation Bible Sunday School!

Children's Church will begin SKY "Vacation Bible Sunday School" during the regular Children's Church block this Sunday. These special lessons will take place in the back hallway behind the gym eachSunday until the end of July. Junior Church classes will continue studying the Old Testament in their typical classroom throughout the summer.

VBS is Coming!

Vacation Bible School Weekend will happen Friday July 25 (6:00-8:30), Saturday July 26 (1:00-5:00), and Sunday, July 27 (during church). Be looking for sign up sheets for volunteers and supplies beginning Sunday, June 8.

COMMUNITY GROUPS MEETING THIS WEEK. 

SCHOMMER COMMUNITY GROUP

Tuesday at 6:30
Talk to Sean
sdschommer@gmail.com
 

ANDREWS FULL FAMILY COMMUNITY GROUP

Tuesday Evening. 
A Community Groups focusing on the entire family. 
Talk to Katie. 
katieandrews7@gmail.com

KOEHLER COMMUNITY GROUP

Saturday Evening. 
Talk to Nick
nickalankoehler@yahoo.com

ESCHER WOMEN'S PRAYER COMMUNITY GROUP

Sunday Evening
A Women's group focusing on prayer and holding each other up.
Talk to Coli. 
Coliescher@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY DISCIPLESHIP NIGHT

Something for the whole family.
At Church 6:15 on Wednesday.
Adults are now going over how we Got the BIble. 
cris@faithbentonville.com


Music of the Week - John Mark McMillan - Borderland

The result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Borderland, the fourth long-player from earthy Charlotte, North Carolina-based singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan, offers up a richly detailed set of creative and impassioned praise & worship songs that eschew the usual CCM, megachurch pop templates in favor of a more organic, experimental, and authentic approach, especially on epics like "Future/Past" and "Guns Napoleon," that evokes the fiery folk-rock of Bruce Springsteen, the shape-shifting cadences of Gungor, and the heartfelt, rustic affability of the David Crowder Band.

"Future / Past" is the first single off John Mark McMillan's upcoming LP Borderland, which debuts March 04, 2014.

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